Community-wide Character Development

1. Define a geographic catchment area, usually the school district.

2. Make a list of organizations in that area:


Parents (including parents of young children)

Colleges and Universities

Alternative schools and correctional facilities

Local and Regional government

Young people (students, alumni, and drop outs)


Houses of Faith

Consumer groups

Neighborhood groups

Community Leaders or gatekeepers

Parks and Recreation



Service Organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc)

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs

Social services

Health occupations


3. Include all members of the school staff:

Bus drivers
Cafeteria workers
Special educators
Guidance counselors
Specials: Art, Music, PE, Media


4. Include Administrators:

    School board
    Central office staff

5. Use the telephone book to complete this list.

6. Drive around the community and look for groups that were missed.

7. Develop a broad-based coalition.

8. Ask them to help build a community profile: who we are and who we would like to be.

9. Provide exercises where they identify target values needed in the community.

10. Ask each to say how their organization can foster character development in young people.

11. Make a plan with a variety of programs.

12. Make a time table showing who will do what.

13. Implement the plan, involving as many groups as possible.

14. Assess its effectiveness, and use the information for the next plan.


Workshop in Community-wide Character Education

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